Written By Aurin Squire
Directed by Aurin Squire and Zi Alikhan
Friday-Saturday, May 1-2 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, May 3 @ 6:00 pm
CAST: James Edward Becton, Israel Gutierrez, Joey Lozada, Nathaniel Ryan, Donnell E. Smith
“The Gospel According to F#ggots” is a multimedia queer translation of Biblical text through verse, video, and vogue. It’s a Church pageant play remixed and remastered into an epic journey that combines poetry, movement, and music.
If Jesus was a radical rabbi who walked around in a dress with 12 men…wait, that’s what he actually was but he has been whitewashed into by capitalism, patriarchy, and heterosexuals into a shaming, punishing, saint. He has become a sacrificial lamb of the cross. But that’s not what he preached about. If he were alive today, Jesus would probably vote for Nader, live off-the-grid, and ask people to love in whatever form i takes: homo, hetero, queer, transgender, transgressive, progressive. This is the story of the new Jesus, which reads more faithfully to how the old Jesus probably lived and thought back then, and why he was such a radical figure.
About the Artists
Aurin Squire (2014/15 Artist in Residence) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and activist. His plays and installation art has been seen at numerous venues throughout Western Europe, Canada, Great Britain, and across the United States. Squire is a 2-time winner of the Le Compte Nuoy Prize from Lincoln Center and is completing his two-year Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting fellowship at The Juilliard School. He also has 2014-2015 fellowships at the National Black Theatre and the Dramatists Guild of America. As a journalist, his work has appeared in The New Republic, Talking Points Memo, Brooklyn Rail, The Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and ESPN. Squire has served as a writer/producer for several web projects around queer culture, voting rights, and activism. He has been a member of the Lincoln Center Lab and the Ars Nova Play Group.
Zi Alikhan (co-director) | Zi was raised in suburban Northern California by two Indian immigrants. After two years as a Sociology major at UC Berkeley, Zi transferred to NYU to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre at the Tisch School of the Arts. It was at NYU that Zi first learned that theatre could be more than just tap dancing on a boat, that theatre could be a change agent and social tool. At NYU, Zi developed a love for documentary plays, queer theatre, new play development, and re-interpreting classic texts through contemporary social lenses.
James Edward Becton, a graduate of Niagara University and product of Stella Adler, is beyond honored to breathe life into this fantastically artistic statement. James Edward is associated with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, the New York Theatre Workshop, LaMama, and The Workshop Theatre Company, just to name a few. He has worked with directors Austin Pendleton, Sue Lawless, George Ferencz,and Frank Licato. To see more of his work and experience, feel free to stop by his website: www.JamesEdwardBecton.com
Israel Gutierrez hails from San Antonio, TX via San Benito, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. He has been seen in shows like NY/Off Broadway: Caligula, Theatre Row; Aurin Squire’s To Whom It May Concern; Romeo and Juliet, Pulse Ensemble; Jackson Heights Trilogy, Theatre 167. Select Regional: Comedy of Errors / Hamlet, Virginia Shakes; Laughter on the 23rd Floor / The Imaginary Invalid / Kimberly Akimbo, The Schoolhouse Theatre; St. Louis Rep, New Court Theatre. TV/FILM: Elliot Loves (HBO, TLA Dist, dir Terracino); Macys Stars on Broadway (CBS, dir Ryan Stana, 2009 Emmy Award, Best Special Event); I was also on Dance Moms. Ensemble Master Class at The LAByrinth. BFA, Acting, Webster Conservatory. AEA/SAG/AFTRA
Joey Lozada hails from Connecticut. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Recently Joey has been seen in: Pedro Pan (Truf, Roger), The Tempest (Hip to Hip, Trinculo), and Defacing Michael Jackson (Red Shirt, Obadiah). As always, thanks to my friends and family for their constant love and support.
Nathaniel Ryan | Life has been an amazing journey so far for me. Growing up in New York I never dreamt of being an Actor and Model. I remember I wanted to make video games or be a pro wrestler. The dreams of my childhood slowly faded away and I settled for running track and field in high school and college. My dream of going to the Olympics was denied with continuous arthritis in my knees. After working for several years in Corporate America in the financial industry I decided life behind a desk was not for me. I moved back to New York, into the house I grew up in, in 2011. Being back in New York has taught me a lot and I have talked about it in my monthly blog ‘Train 2 Broadway’. My goal.. to be the best actor that I can be.
Donnell E. Smith | Baltimore-born, Donnell E. Smith has come a long way, initially starting his creative pursuits as a Singer & Songwriter. Since transitioning to Actor, he always makes a point of immersing himself in projects that fulfill the thrill and challenge he seeks. He is IMMENSELY THRILLED to continue the journey of “The Gospel…” and humbly thanks his family, friends & mentors for their invaluable love & support, thus far. “This is for they who have ignited, nurtured, influenced and elevated the passion that burns from within, out. I share Ephesians 3:20.”
To learn more about Aurin Squire and The Gospel According to F#ggots visit artistservices.bax.org/aurin-squire.
This work was created, in part, through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange. BAX’s Artist Services Programs receive generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation.